The development centre of economy in the Koroška region was founded in 2011 by municipalities in the region and the regional Chamber of Craft and Small Business of Slovenia.
RACE KOGO includes 11 companies where experts in regional development woodworking, polymer technology, entrepreneurship, IT, and robotics are employed.
COMPANIES IN RACE KOGO
GOZDNO GOSPODARSTVO SG, D.D.
Based on the granted concession, Gozdno gospodarstvo Slovenj Gradec d. d., manages 16,000 hectares of national forests in the area of three valleys of the Koroška region: Mežica, Drava, and Mislinja valley, under the slopes of Peca, Uršlja gora and Pohorje in the northern part of Slovenia.
Together with purchased round logs from forest owners, they market between 105,000 and 115,000 m3 of wood per year. Every year, they process approximately 60,000 m3 in their own primary processing facilities. The main product from the “Koroška spruce” is massive construction wood in different dimensions and greater lengths with split or cut out heartwood. Newer products include custom-made roofing.
Gozdno gospodarstvo Slovenj Gradec, d. d. cuts and stores wood in the forests of Koroška, including all growing and maintenance-related work in forests. They also manage forest roads and preparation of forest skidding trails, including reconstruction of old skidding trails. The goal of the company in logging and storing wood is to gradually increase the amount of machine logging with processor technology in areas that enable such approaches. Beside safety at work and optimum shaping of wood, such technology also reduces the damage to forest soil and provides more intensive exploitation of wooden biomass.
The company transports wood for their own needs, to transport wood from forests to storage facilities or processing facilities.
The goal of the company is to process the majority of wood from forests in Koroška locally and consequently create conditions for further existence and development of wood industry. Woodcutting and further processing of wood into products with added value definitely present an opportunity for economic development of the region which has a rich tradition in woodworking/forestry and strong possibilities in the future.
Gozdno gospodarstvo Slovenj Gradec, d. d. gives strong emphasis on the development of younger generation who are involved in woodworking. Students in Woodworking vocational and high school Slovenj Gradec face challenges of final products with aesthetic and applicative value during their education. Practical lessons include manual skills and sensible logic that is required for shaping a final image of a product. The school workshop includes work in groups, that is why students are aware that quality relations must be maintained with coworkers in order to provide good atmopshere at work places. This is the only way to assure good work performance.
Gozdno gospodarstvo Slovenj Gradec d.d.
Vorančev trg 1, 2380 Slovenj Gradec
Manager: Silvo Pritržnik
T: +386 (0)2 88 39 480
KOPUR d.o.o. has been involved in manufacturing of products from recycled materials since 2000. They are specialised in processing, sales, and development of textile materials, polyurethane, and natural materials. They manufacture products from recycled polyurethane foam, fleece, and cut foam for car industry. The company is a verified supplier for components in automotive industry. They have certificates of excellent suppliers from Daimler Chrysler, Audi, VW, BMW, Ford etc. Recently, they have been increasing their focus on researching the possibility of using recycled materials and searching for new applicative values outside automotive industry.
Pameče 150A, 2380 Slovenj Gradec
Manager: Dušan Goršek
T: +386 (0)2 88 27 431
DULER is a family company that was founded in 1986. Through the years, the company developed from a small workshop into a company with 18 employees and approximately 1,7 million Euro of annual income. They have been present on national and international market for more than two decades, facing the challenges of a demanding market with their experience. Initially, the company manufactured only various metal constructions, and they established another facility for mechanic processing in 2004 which now represents the driving force of the company. Beside services provided for known customers, they have recently been focusing on the development of own products. The vision of the company is development and production of advanced products which will represent the main share in sales structure.
Pameče 151, 2380 Slovenj Gradec
Manager: Jernej Duler
T: +386 (0)2 820 55 927
GAŠPER TRŽENJE D.O.O.
The tradition of the family company Gašpar that has been going on for forty years comes from the harmony with nature and from using the wood as a renewable source. We use quality wood from the plains and slopes of Pohorje, and from indigenous regions across the globe. Family company Gašper provides wood processing, production of semi-products made of wood, and production of furniture. These include high-quality windows and doors from different materials.
Family company Gašper acquired all relevant certificates, they are members of the Wood Industry Cluster and the pro-Holz initiative. Gašper marketing is also on the list of outdoor builder’s joinery of the Eco Fund.
Gašper trženje d.o.o.
Dobrava 42, 2360 Radlje ob Dravi
Manager: Jurij Gašper
T: +386 (0)2 88 79 850
ERICO VELENJE INŠTITUT ZA EKOLOŠKE RAZISKAVE D.O.O. (INSTITUTE FOR ECOLOGICAL RESEARCH)
The main activity of ERICo institute are environmental services required by the legislation. ERICo is an environmental service company who have been successfully preparing solution for environmental issues for the past 15 years. The institute is operating in accordance with international quality standards and is part of the Gorenje Group – Division Ecology, Energetics, and Services. With 51 per cent share, Gorenje d.d. has the majority ownership, with Šoštanj Thermal Power Plant and Velenje Coal Mine being the remaining two owners. The institute performs environmental monitoring, prepares specific studies, designs, restoration and development programmes, and proposes applicative solutions. They offer a range of own services, including knowledge, reliability, and quality. Their environmental solutions provide customers with simpler, more efficient, and more competitive work. Activities of ERICo institute include: fundamental, applicative, and development research, reports on environmental effects, reports on environment condition, local environmental protection programmes, environmental communication, restoration programmes, studies of environment vulnerability, public opinion polls, management of records of pollution and pollutants, monitoring activities, waste assessments and waste treatment plans, interventions in case of pollution and preventive operation, education and promotion in environment protection and sustainable development, consulting in environmental issues of companies, institutions, and local communities, laboratory services, revisions of environmental reports, introduction of quality systems and development of laboratory information systems, development of analytical procedures, and implementation of complex laboratory studies. The research group of ERICo institute is registered at the Slovenian Research Agency.
Koroška cesta 58, 3320 Velenje
Manager: mag. Marko Mavec
T: +386 (0)3 89 81 930
FIN ARS D.O.O.
FIN ARS d. o. o. is an architectural firm. Their previous projects include mostly trade, business, sports, and residential buildings, reconstructions of buildings, including minor projects, such as houses and interior designs. FIN ARS, d. o. o. is a company with a wide spectre of services: design, preparation of project documentation, management of the procedure for acquiring a building permit, preparation of implementation projects, preparation of documentation for object handover.
FIN ARS d.o.o.
Podvine 36, 1410 Zagorje ob Savi
Manager: Kristijan Čuk
T: +386 (0)3 56 60 550
INŠTITUT ZA OKOLJE IN PROSTOR (ENVIRONMENT AND SPATIAL PLANNING INSTITUTE)
The main activity of the institute is implementation of organisational, expert, development, research, coordination, education and other tasks in environment and spatial planning. The institute has the status of a non-profit public institute. In accordance with the new Decree on Standard Classification of Activities (Official Gazette RS, 69/07), their main activity is under item 72.190 Research and development activity in other fields of nature sciences and technology. The institute is a non-profit public institute with independent organisational research group, and was entered in the records of research organisation at MHEST on 26/05/2006, under the code ARRS-2434-01.
IOP Inštitut za okolje in prostor
Ipavčeva 18, 3000 Celje
Manager: doc. dr. Cvetka Ribarič Lasnik
T: +386 (0)3 49 02 270
EUTRIP d. o. o. was founded in 2001, their main activities come mostly from communication and consulting engineering. EUTRIP, d. o. o. is known in communication for their comprehensive communication solutions in public relations, rhetoric and public speaking, preparation of texts, proofreading, and event organisation. They mostly focus on the following areas of consulting engineering: consulting for project orders and implementation, connecting project and implementation management, feasibility studies, conceptual design – conceptual project, implementation design (projects for implementation and projects of completed works), processes for selecting contractors and suppliers (tender documentation, assessment of offers), contract implementation supervision, construction and installation control. Recently, their services were particularly focused in efficient energy consumption and in renewable energy sources. This is the field the company would like to develop in the future.
Kidričeva ulica 24, 3000 Celje
Manager: Primoz Praper
T: +386 (0)59 032 045
EMSISO d. o. o. develops high-tech solutions in embedded systems and electronics. With their skills and experience, they offer development services, from defining specifications for a specific electronic device to its implementation and transition to serial production. The company develops turnkey products and services – from specifications to prototypes of electronic devices. EMSISO d. o. o. covers all development phases of electronic devices: feasibility study and basic research, definition of specifications for the device, hardware design and production, firmware development, mechanical design, preparation of the product for serial production, development and production of test equipment for serial production, technological updates of existing products, certification of the device.
Zagrebška cesta 20, 2000 Maribor
Manager: mag. Aleksander Polutnik
T: +386 (0)2 46 12 907
Main activities of VIPTRONIK d. o. o. include design, engineering, automation of production, and production of machines for all branches in the industry. They cooperate with different machine manufacturers for whom they implement the entire electrical part of the machine, from the project, to electric installations, programming and final start-up. Beside their main activity, the company also manufactures pneumatic tube systems, provides electrical measurements, special products for military industry etc. The company currently has 18 employees with different education levels, consisting of a group of designers, programmers, as well as a group for manufacture and installation of electric equipment and maintenance.
Koroška cesta 14, 2390 Ravne na Koroškem
Manager: Stanko Vrčkovnik
T: +386 (0)2 87 06 431
FTP (Faculty of Polymer Technology)
Faculty of Polymer Technology is a top higher education and research institution with international recognition, responsive and connected with the economy that also works as a promoter of regional development. Their graduates and research/development services have acquired high esteem and demand.
Faculty of Polymer Technology is an academic institution that connects the studies, research and marketing activity into an efficient package. Their purpose is to educate socially responsible, innovative and competent graduate engineers whose work will enable the industry to develop new products and services with higher added value and high market potential, and to consequently improve their competitiveness on local and global market. They also provide many forms of lifelong learning for employees in the economy. They are also focused on quality research activity which responds to the requirements of the industry. The faculty also represents an important factor in the local environment and the society as a whole.
Faculty of Polymer Technology
Ozare 19, 2380 Slovenj Gradec
Manager: Maja Mešl
T: +386 2 620 47 68